The way in which we’ve traditionally thought about and designed our interactions with products has only further alienated us from those products’ technological, political and social implications.
To avoid being seen as to be doing nothing, governments are forcing platforms to do anything – and thereby skillfully avoid taking responsibility themselves.
These aren’t accidents. They’re the result of how these systems are designed and by whom, and the result of increasing pressure on platforms to do something, however flawed that something might be.
J. Versnel, Model home Slotermeer. Taken from: Roel Griffioen, “Het glazen huis: Privacy en openbaarheid in de vroegnaoorlogse stad”, Tijdschrift Kunstlicht.
Instead of filtering out the bullshit, or going through an annoying and probably ineffective process of having bullshit removed, what Ehmke did was basically give the user control over her own space, and create a situation in which the bullshit never gets the chance to materialize.
Taking “censorship”, renaming it “content moderation”, and subsequently putting a few billion-dollar companies in charge isn’t a great idea if we envision a future where we still enjoy a degree of freedom.
Don’t allow Facebook, Google and Twitter to become a gatekeeper between you and the members of your community, and don’t consent to your freedom of speech becoming a byline in a 10,000-word terms of service.